River Cafe

Italian in Notting Hill & West London

The Thames-side name that spawned the world-famous eponymous cookery books offers simple, precise (and pricey) cooking that showcases seasonal ingredients sourced with fanatical expertise; the menus change daily. Booking is essential, as it’s Michelin-starred and a favourite of cashed-up London gastronomes. Its popularity, however, means you need to fit into two-hour slots and service can seem rushed.